Widener University School of Law Professor Lawrence A. Hamermesh
recently gave the keynote address at the ninth-annual Directors’ Institute on Corporate Governance in New York City. The Sept. 7 event was presented by the Practising Law Institute.
Hamermesh, Widener’s Ruby R. Vale professor of corporate and business law, directs the school’s Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law
. His remarks focused on reevaluating the utility of having stockholder meetings every year, and whether less-frequent voting might enhance the quality and impact of stockholder input into corporate governance.
Hamermesh’s appearance was part of a daylong seminar where corporate directors, government officials, corporate attorneys and academics shared perspectives on the regulatory environment surrounding directors in corporate America.
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Hamermesh recently returned to Widener’s Delaware campus after an 18-month leave of absence, where he served as senior special counsel with the Office of Chief Counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.
He began teaching in 1994 after spending 18 years practicing at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell in Wilmington – the last nine of which were as partner. He teaches and writes in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, business organizations, corporate takeovers and professional responsibility.
He earned his law degree from Yale Law School.